Local Resources for Small Businesses (50 or less employees)
Small Business Partner Support Grant
The City of Charlotte will accept proposals beginning Monday, June 1 for the Small Business Partner Support Grant, which will allow our partners to serve the small business community as they maneuver through this difficult time. The Small Business Partner Support Grant is a $2 million fund to provide grants to small business ecosystem partners focusing on COVID-19 impact relief. Funds may be used to provide programs, projects, or services to the local small business community. The maximum grant is $250,000 and must be used by December 30, 2020.
The application will open on Monday, June 1 at Noon and will closed on Thursday, June 11 at 5 p.m. Grants will be awarded by the end of June.
Apply for the Small Business Partner Support Grant here.
COVID-19 Small Business Toolkit
Mecklenburg County’s COVID-19 toolkit provides detailed information for small business owners preparing to reopen their businesses to the public.
Download the toolkit.
Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)
LISC is supporting the small business community through multiple partnerships, including the
Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund which provides grants of up to $10,000 to businesses facing immediate financial pressure because of COVID-19.
View more LISC resources.
Mecklenburg County Business Stabilization Loan Program
Mecklenburg County has partnered with Carolina Small Business Development Fund to create a program designed to assist the county's small businesses. Find out more about who qualifies and how to apply
COVID-19 Small Business Emergency Stabilization Loan Fund.
Charlotte Business Resources
A list of resources to help your small business respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and support the economic health and well-being of the Charlotte business community.
Visit Charlotte Business Resources.
NCWorks Career Center Services
Charlotte Works has temporarily closed its career centers until further notice.
Charlotte Works will continue to serve clients virtually via phone appointments and online.
Central Piedmont Small Business Center
The Small Business Center has moved its programming and free one-on-one business counseling to a
virtual platform, including hosting bi-weekly free webinars to help business owners gain skills to pivot during this time.
Prospera activated their internal contingency plan to provide their in-language business seminars and individual consultations virtually.
Charlotte SCORE has moved all its one-on-one business counseling sessions to phone calls or virtual meetings and converted many in-person seminars to webinars.
Women's Business Center of Charlotte
The Women's Business Center has moved all seminars through June to
online platforms, increased the frequency of its newsletter, and started hosting weekly, live interviews with key leaders.
COVID-19 Resource Portal
The Charlotte Regional Business Alliance resource portal is a comprehensive list of business information from across the region, including a list of who's hiring in the area.
Access the business resource portal.
Pitch In. Take Out.
The Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority has compiled a list of local establishments offering various takeout options such as carry-out, curbside pickup and third-party delivery. By giving them your business, you'll be helping to save theirs.
Find a local establishment.
Support Local or Else
Support Local or Else is a network where people can engage local businesses remotely.
Access the Charlotte business listing.
The Charlotte LGBT Chamber of Commerce and CLT Geek have launched supportCLT, a comprehensive list of small business resources, to help small business owners and community members throughout the Charlotte region.
Learn more about supportCLT.